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Posted by Tim Bryce on February 21, 2014


– We’ve done management, systems, and project management, now how about Life?


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We introduced the concept of “Bryce’s Laws” back in the 1970’s as a means to explain our concepts of systems, data base management, and project management. Over the years though, we introduced many other axioms applying to life in general which we hope you will find beneficial. Enjoy!

You cannot treat a patient if he doesn’t know he is sick.

A man’s trustworthiness is measured by the number of keys he holds.

Most children are raised by amateurs, not professionals.

Never trust a person who doesn’t have at least one known vice (e.g., drinking, smoking, swearing).

Don’t watch the clock, watch the product or service to be produced.

Lawsuits primarily benefit the attorneys and nobody else.

You eat elephants one spoonful at a time.

If you are not pissing someone off, you are probably not doing your job.

If the mind really is the finest computer, then there are a lot of people out there who need to be rebooted.

We tend to worry about the wrong things. This is like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.

It’s hard to keep going forward when logic tells you otherwise.

Forget about today, build for tomorrow.

As the use of technology increases, social skills decreases.

There is more to building a team than buying new uniforms.

How we look and act speaks volumes.

Everything begins with a sale.

“Bullshit” is the most versatile word in the English language.

Just because someone understands what you are saying, doesn’t mean they necessarily agree with you.

Never let a job be held hostage by an employee.

The Baby Boomers will be more remembered for the problems they left behind as opposed to anything they accomplished during their tenure.

Youth is our only true vacation in life, and our most unappreciated.

There is no such thing as a bad cigar. It’s a matter of matching the right person with the right cigar.

We write to communicate, not to put people to sleep.

If you do something wrong long enough, you think it is right.

It’s not the time you put in, it’s the work product you put out.

Simple economics motivates everyone, particularly politicians.

Your most lethal weapon is your mouth.

Nothing irritates your opponents more than to see you succeed when you are expected to fail.

Do not underestimate the power of the company party.

Progress is arrested when we surrender to the status quo, that we no longer strive to exceed it.

If a single picture is worth a thousand words, imagine what a video provides.

It takes a brave soul to divert from the path of least resistance.

Appearances mean little if people can see through your disguise.

It is a fallacy that a cluttered desk is the sign of a brilliant mind.

The naysayers of the world take pleasure in chiding you as to what cannot be done.
Prove them wrong and return the favor.

Sometimes intelligence is nothing more than experience in disguise.

How to become financially responsible: Start each day by paying a bill.

The road to truth is rarely without bumps and bends.

The longer you delay admitting a mistake, the more expensive it will be to correct.

All arguments are settled at the cemetery.

There is always a heavy price to pay for keeping up with the Jones’.

Two irrefutable facts regarding investing in the stock market: The moment you purchase a stock, you can count on it declining immediately, and; The moment you sell your stock, it will either immediately soar to new heights, split, or both.

You know you are getting older when you begin having arguments with inanimate objects, and you lose.

Everything eventually ends up in the garbage dump.

Traffic lights are green only when you do not have an appointment to make.

In every person’s life, you must eat at least one spoonful of dirt.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at

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Posted by Tim Bryce on October 3, 2012

The popular “Bryce’s Laws” have been entertaining people for many years. They include axioms pertaining to management, systems, technology, and life. In response to growing interest, two new “Bryce’s Laws” mini-posters are now available in PDF format (8.5″ X 11″) suitable for free downloading and printing locally.


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Posters courtesy of M& JB Investment Company, Palm Harbor, Florida.

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Posted by Tim Bryce on March 24, 2009

As we pass through life there are several milestones we observe, such as our sixteenth birthday when we normally get a driver’s license, or our 21st birthday when we become “legal.” I didn’t think too much of it when I turned thirty, nor did I pay much attention to forty; frankly, I didn’t know what all the hubbub was about. But when I turned fifty I suddenly went, “Whoops!” I guess it was the greeting from AARP that got my attention and let me know that time was quickly passing.

I’ve found that once you enter your fifties you become more reflective on where you’ve been and where you’re going. When you think about it, you have an internal clock telling you there are several appointments you have to make during your life, assuming you live a full life; to illustrate:

  1. Time to get married – time to grow up, clean up your act, and get a job.
  2. Time to have kids – time to start thinking about insurance, including life, medical, and auto.
  3. Time to buy or build a house – which, coincidentally, also represents the official point where we start to go into debt.
  4. Time to advance your career – after all, someone has to pay all those bills.
  5. Time to send the kids off to college, the military, or wherever – it is at this point when you develop a false sense of independence. Even as the kids move away, they still depend on you for guidance, advice, a few bucks, and anything around the house that isn’t nailed down.
  6. Time to get the kids married off – time to get a bank loan, particularly if you are the father of the bride.
  7. Time to retire – which is also when you make plans for your demise. For example, you no longer celebrate Labor Day at the beach, but rather tour cemeteries picking out grave sights.
  8. Time to play with the grand kids and watch them grow up – This is also the time when you celebrate your wedding anniversaries and take trips you couldn’t afford earlier.
  9. Time to checkout.

Interestingly, when you go to High School reunions you compare notes with your classmates as to where they stand on this time line. I guess misery loves company after all.

Actually, I resent the time line we impose on ourselves and don’t recall this as being part of the job description. It’s kind of like saying, “All right, come on, do this, do that, move along, and don’t forget to do this as well, move along.” It kind of reminds me of an assembly line where we are nothing but products moving from one work station to the next. It strikes me that we spend so much time running the marathon, we never take time to truly enjoy the scenery. But alas, the marathon is something we all must inevitably run.

My father-in-law had a simpler way of expressing our passage through life. It was his contention that we have 30 years to learn, 30 years to earn, and 30 years to burn (the money that is). I can’t help but believe he was on to something.

Such is my Pet Peeve of the Week.

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Tim Bryce is the Managing Director of M. Bryce & Associates (MBA) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 30 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at

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